# Support Plan Issue

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by peersy, Jun 13, 2015.

1. ### peersyNew commenter

Hi have been on a support plan for the last four weeks as I have had an RI lesson when Ofsted came in. As part of this plan i have been observed every week for an hour a time. In my maths lesson observation yesterday the head suggested my lesson solving word problems with all four operations (im in y5) was too ambitious and the children were not sure what they were doing. However having marked this work 18 out of the 22 in the lesson have solved and answered the questions correctly, surely that must mean the lesson was good as they have understood through modeling and progressed to solving the problems themselves, have i got this wrong? is this not the purpose of a good lesson that they start at one point and end at another. She also wanted to know why it was all four when some could not carry out column subtraction which i covered this Tuesday-looking at their work again 25 out of 28 successfully completed this lesson too, I am going to show the head this work as i feel her observation is not a true representation of the lesson, is this the right thing to do?

2. ### kittylionSenior commenter

I thought Ofsted weren't grading lessons any more - have I got this wrong?

3. ### phlogistonStar commenter

I would say yes. Back up refutations with data.

Don't let them grind you down.

Mind you, if 18/22 completed the work successfully, they'll probably get you for lack of stretch and challenge!

4. ### newposterOccasional commenter

I would question whether voicing an opinion is a good idea. Here in the people's republic of education it is unwise to question the benevolent father. Take your medicine and smile.

5. ### GLsghostStar commenter

They'll want to know why nearly a fifth of the class couldn't do the work.

Suunds worse put like that...

. In my maths lesson observation yesterday the head suggested my lesson solving word problems with all four operations (im in y5) was too ambitious and the children were not sure what they were doing. However having marked this work 18 out of the 22 in the lesson have solved and answered the questions correctly, surely that must mean the lesson was good as they have understood through modeling and progressed to solving the problems themselves, have i got this wrong?

The annoying thing with this is that we all know that a different Head would say that there is not enough challenge in the lesson!

is this not the purpose of a good lesson that they start at one point and end at another.

I thought so too, isn't that a form of differentiation?!

Schools should NOT be doing capability on the basis of an OFSTED observation however. But then teachers have less rights than Victrorian mill workers these days...............

7. ### ridleyrumpusStar commenter

Quite apart from anything OFSTED make it plain when they come in that the feedback from any of their lesson observations must not be used for PM purposes.

8. ### Rott WeilerStar commenterForum guide

It's in the Ofsted Inspection Handbook: "The lead inspector should meet briefly with the headteacher and/or senior leadership team at the beginning of the inspection to: ...... ensure that the headteacher is aware that Ofsted&rsquo;s evidence from lesson observations, whether joint or otherwise, should not be used as evidence in capability/disciplinary proceedings or for the purposes of performance management."

9. ### PiranhaStar commenter

They should never be faced with anything too difficult, in case it upsets them. Until they take the new GCSE and find they have not been prepared for non-standard types of questions.

If it was as difficult as the Head said, and 18 out of 22 eventually got it, then I think that you pitched it about right, and the class have learned a valuable lesson about persisting even when they can't do it at first!

Piranha - indeed. Perhaps it should be pointed out to your HT, OP, that "resilience" is one of the big buzz words at present!

11. ### NarnianRoyaltyOccasional commenter

Have you looked at the OFSTED obs sheet for the RI lesson? That may help you get an idea of what slipped during that observation or what your HT is hoping to see changed in your lesson. I always requested mine from Estyn for my portfolio.

Best wishes with the support plan.